Officials meet on fuss-free travel to Thailand, Singapore

Transport minister Wee Ka Siong hopes that tourism cooperation in Southeast Asia will resume. (Bernama pic)

BATU PAHAT: Malaysian officials are holding talks with officials in Thailand, Brunei and Singapore about allowing travel between the four countries without restrictions imposed to curb Covid-19.

Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said the foreign ministry, Wisma Putra, is holding talks with several countries such as Thailand, Brunei and Singapore.

He said Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had earlier met with his Singaporean counterpart to discuss several matters including the quarantine period for those entering the country.

“Previously, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore have forged ties in tourism and it is hopeful that the cooperation will resume as usual,” Wee said here.

“Discussions on the matter including issues related to the exemption of 14-day mandatory quarantine for tourists from the countries must be expedited so that decisions can be made soon,” he told reporters when visiting his Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency.

Singapore wants more time to ease border restrictions

Officials in Singapore said today the republic is prepared to work with Malaysia in addressing the needs of cross-border travellers, including short-term business and official travellers, as well as Singaporeans and Malaysians who were previously commuting between the two countries.

The republic’s foreign ministry said the arrangements would have to include mutually agreed public health protocols, to preserve the public health and safety.

“Both countries will require some time to work out the details on the gradual easing of border restrictions,” the ministry’s spokesman said.

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